Pilots drop heartbreaker to Northwood

[Information provided by: LSUS Athletics]

The no. 10 Northwood Knights hit a walk off two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 5-3 win over the LSU Shreveport Pilots on Saturday to give the Knights the series two games to three.

Rory Young took the no decision but did an outstanding job today for the Pilots on the mound as he threw 126 pitches in seven and a third innings of work. He allowed eight hits, three runs (two earned), three walks, and four strikeouts on a day where he worked from behind most of the day as he only retired the lead-off batter twice with the first coming in the sixth and the next in the seventh as he retired six out of seven batters in the two innings.

Jacob Byrd worked the final two innings but surrendered the game-winning home run to suffer his second loss of the season.

LSUS (24-13, 10-8 RRAC) took the lead as they manufactured their run in the top of the third inning as Manny Estrada led off the inning with a double and then he stole third base to set up a sac-fly from Zack LeJeune. Northwood tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Pilots regained the lead in the top of the fifth on a David Dorton sac-fly but the Knights tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning piecing together back-to-back two-out hits. The two-out double that kept the inning going appeared to be an easy out for left fielder Kade Billeaudeaux but he misplayed it that allowed the Knight to keep the inning going and they did as Elvin Rodriguez delivered the game-tying single.

Northwood (29-7, 16-2 RRAC) turned to their closer, Colton Reavis, for the eighth inning as the Pilot's Greg Friesen led off the inning with a solo homer as the Pilots regained the lead 3-2. Northwood tied the game once again scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Zack LeJeune's second error of the game.

The Pilots got two more singles in the game; one in the ninth from Ridge Gonsoulin and one in the tenth from K. J. Semien but both were left stranded. Semien, along with Estrada who was intentionally walked, were both still aboard when LeJeune struck out looking to end the Pilots threat in the top of the tenth.

The next game for the Pilots will be on Tuesday as they travel to Magnolia, Arkansas, to take on the Southern Arkansas Muleruders (25-11) at 6 p.m.